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Biker bar, BBQ and bras – everything at the Elbow Inn on 66

Biker bar, BBQ and bras – everything at the Elbow Inn on 66

Yep, this bar and BBQ joint is chockfull of atmosphere. Formerly the 1929 Munger-Moss Sandwich Shop, and now a popular spot for bikers and bar-b-que.

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Rock Island Pony Bridge – a “Grapes of Wrath” film location

Rock Island Pony Bridge – a “Grapes of Wrath” film location

The west end was a location in “Grapes of Wrath” starring Henry Fonda, where Grandpa dies and is buried. (The bridge had been there only six years at that time.)

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Bright shiny objects in the Route 66 desert – Elmer Long’s Bottle Ranch

Bright shiny objects in the Route 66 desert – Elmer Long’s Bottle Ranch

Even though Elmer’s teeming forest of bottle trees stands alongside one of those desolate stretches of old Route 66 between Barstow and San Bernadino, he says it doesn’t have much to do with the famous roadway.

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Big Blue Whale – landlocked and great on Route 66

Big Blue Whale – landlocked and great on Route 66

Built by Hugh Davis in the 70s as a surprise (?!) anniversary gift for his wife Zelda, who collected whale figurines. It is one of the best known landmarks on Route 66. The big whale speaks to a simpler time, when a swimming hole didn’t need all kinds of fancy wave machines and gadgetry.

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Former Murder Site/Bordello found along Kansas’ Route 66

Former Murder Site/Bordello found along Kansas’ Route 66

This house once owned by a serial killer madam, Ma Staffleback, she and 3 accomplices robbed and killed dozens of clients (mostly miners) during the 1890s. She died in prison in 1909.

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Photo ops and souvenirs abound at the Rusty Bolt along Route 66

Photo ops and souvenirs abound at the Rusty Bolt along Route 66

The Rusty Bolt is a biker store and Route 66 gift shop with a true folk art exterior. Teeming with tourists and chockfull of unique 66 souvenirs and Americana, plus a third of the shop is devoted to biker accessories, leather and boots.

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La Posada – beautifully restored Harvey House hotel

La Posada – beautifully restored Harvey House hotel

I was lucky enough to be “stuck” for 3 days at La Posada during a dust storm a few years back. Everyday we “had” to eat incredible food, sit on the back porch, read, watch the trains go by, and sip pitchers of sangria. It was rough.

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66 Drive-In Theatre was an inspiration for “Cars”

66 Drive-In Theatre was an inspiration for “Cars”

Originally built in 1949, four years before the first local television stations signed on in the Joplin-Springfield area. In an era before widespread adoption of transistors …

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Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup (not syrup) – a Route 66 delicacy

Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup (not syrup) – a Route 66 delicacy

Not exactly road food in the meal sense – hey – sirup is still food! Starting in 1824, the Funk family-owned business has been producing maple “sirup” for over 180 years.

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Pay your respects to Johnny Ramone & Jayne Mansfield on Route 66

Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Pay your respects to Johnny Ramone & Jayne Mansfield on Route 66

Paramount Studios was built on the back half of the original Hollywood Cemetery, where the studio is still in operation today. The cemetery of choice for most of the founders of Hollywood’s great studios,

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